Season 2 promotional poster

Da Vinci's Demons is a Starz Original Series about the early life of Leonardo Da Vinci that is currently in production. An 8 episode first season is scheduled to premiere on the FX UK and Starz networks in 2013. The series is being written, produced, and partially directed by David S. Goyer (who is best known as a writer for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy), and has been described as historical fantasy that explores the untold story of da Vinci's life at the age of 25. The series mythology is also rumored to involve the mystery cult known as the Sons of Mithras. Goyer said, "this will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness and all things profane." [1]


"In a world where thought and faith are controlled, one man fights to set knowledge free.

The secret history of Leonardo Da Vinci's tantalizing life reveals a portrait of a young man tortured by a gift of superhuman genius. He is a heretic intent on exposing the lies of religion. An insurgent seeking to subvert an elitist society. A bastard son who yearns for legitimacy with his father.

He finds himself in the midst of a storm that has been brewing for centuries. A conflict between truth and lies, religion and reason, past and future. His aspirations are used against him by the opposing forces of the time—luring him into a game of seduction where those who despise his intellect need him most.

Leonardo must take up the fight against foes who use history to suppress the truth. A hero armed only with genius, Da Vinci stands alone against the darkness within, and the darkness without.

Facing an uncertain future, his quest for knowledge nearly becomes his undoing as he explores the fringes of his own sanity. Da Vinci throws himself into his genius and emerges as an unstoppable force that lifts an entire era out of darkness and propels it into light.

His story becomes a mirror into our own world, calling us all to join his fight to Free the Future." [2]


Production NotesEdit


David S. Goyer will work with cinematographer Julian Court (Luther, Zen, Ashes to Ashes) on the first block of episodes. Director Jamie Payne of Primeval, The Hour and Call the Midwife fame will work with cinematographer Fabian Wagner (Sherlock) on episodes 3 and 4. Paul Wilmshurst (Strike Back, Runaway) will direct episodes 5 and 6. Michael J. Bassett, best known for his work on motion pictures Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Solomon Kane and TV-series Strike Back: Vengeance will direct the last two episodes.


Writer/Director Joe Ahearne (Doctor Who, Ultraviolet), is attached to help Goyer write the series along with Scott M. Gimple (FlashForward, The Walking Dead) and Brian Nelson (Hard Candy).

Filming LocationsEdit

Most of the shooting will take place at a brand new, very elaborate, 265,000 square foot set in Wales built to resemble 15th century Italy. Location shooting will take place in Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot, including at Margam Castle. Swansea-born Ed Thomas, who set up the art department and designed Doctor Who and Torchwood, was instrumental in bringing the series to the area.

International BroadcastEdit

  • United States: Starz
  • United Kingdom: FX UK
  • Bulgaria: FOX (Bulgaria)
  • Germany: FOX (Germany)
  • Latin America: FOX (Latin America)
  • Arab world: FOX (Middle East)
  • Australia: FX Australia
  • France: France 4




Da Vinci's Demons Teaser

Da Vinci's Demons Teaser

~ First Teaser Trailer ~


~ Executive Producer David S. Goyer and actress Lara Pulver at New York Comic Con 2012 ~
~ Stars Tom Riley and Laura Haddock at New York Comic Con 2012 ~
Da Vinci's Demons -- Comic-Con Panel

Da Vinci's Demons -- Comic-Con Panel

~ Full Panel at New York Comic Con 2012 ~

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